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Drawing Free Motion Swirls

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Home Machine Circles

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Machine Quilting Negative Space taught by Angela Walters

Turn your quilt's negative space into positively fabulous designs! Angela shows how to complement pieced sections with motifs and texture.

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Category Quilting
Type Functional
Style Funky, Hipster, Whimsical, Classic, Retro / Vintage
Kelly Dannemann on

What materials did you use? Pen, paper, GOOD ATTITUDE, machine, thread batting and fabric. Also, the determination to do it.

Kelly Dannemann on

What are you most proud of? One of my most proud moments from this project so far, is that I can draw., lol... you have to know the story. I am referred to as Picaso in the art world. My drawings are abstract. When I have to draw. It consists of stick people. My second proudest moment was just doing it. I was so scared. But, it is only fabric. The worse thing that could happen, I would find out I actually enjoyed it, which, I am.

Kelly Dannemann on

What advice would you give someone starting this project? NO ONE and NOTHING is perfect. I have had to learn this during my free motion project. I am new to free motion. I am using a home machine to quilt. The one thing I have learned from this is that there is no perfect no matter how long you have been doing this. GET OUT there and just do it. I know I was really bad at saying, I will in another month. But, time and life is short. Try it, you will at least said you have tried it. To try and fail is better then not at all. I am ocd. The hardest part to over come was the mistakes. But, Like one other free motion person said, Oh well, you won't remember that 50 stitches later. As well you will just get better with time and practice. Also, Leah Day had said it the best." In the beggining. Most of them will all be UGLY, but over time, Free motion in miscle memory, You get better with practice... Practice... Practice.... Oh did I add, Practice. Do not give up either, Just walk away and come back later. That is what I learned from Jonie Poole book, It is like driving a car, if you are not focused then get out of the vehicle and try it again later. Which adds me to one more tip.. DO NOT STARE AT THE NEEDLE... LOOK AHEAD.

Kelly Dannemann on

Fun fun fun!!! I am looking forward to starting the practise. Have been trying some FM from another Craftsy Class and this course will just help refine the technique. Your stitching is fantastic and it really does not matter if you are OCD,you are learning to let go.

07/31/2012 Flag

Yes, ty, It is a journey. I really never understood what a quilting journey was until I started my first quilt, Good luck to you cari2rcky, It is really fun.

07/31/2012 Flag

Just wanted to update on this, oh boy, love sewing quilting and free motion, really have learned to let my hair down and let it be, as Angela says in her other class, good is good enough... live by that now.

01/25/2014 Flag

I think you are doing a great job! Yes, thanks for the advice too...I agree...practice, practice and practice! Relax and breath!!!

08/01/2012 Flag

TY!! practice is the easy part the remembering to relax and breath is something to think

08/01/2012 Flag this class is inspiring me to blog, I like the one lady said to journal your progress and keep photos. So if anyone is interested. Here is my blog for this class,

08/01/2012 Flag

I love all the advice and info that you give about your process! I always feel a bit disappointed when someone doesn't have much to say. I especially like your bit about "..if you are not focused, get out of the vehicle..." Funny and so true! (:

03/08/2013 Flag

Thank you for your kind words, I am taking her next class, she is a great teacher...I am glad that i could give out some good advice. That is what we are here for to give to each other:)

03/15/2013 Flag

Everyone has to start somewhere..and you are flying past novice! Beautiful work!

01/18/2014 Flag

Thank you, I did end up making a beautiful table runner, love the freemotion quilting. It was fun.

01/25/2014 Flag